As a parent who needs to pay child support, you could be facing different hurdles, from emotional pain following a recent divorce to financial problems due to the payments you are required to make. However, it can be especially difficult for a parent in this position to lose his or her job or experience financial issues for another reason. We have discussed some of the different problems that can arise when a parent fails to pay child support, from tax refund interception and arrest to losing the ability to get a passport. As a result, you should immediately prepare for what could lie ahead if you anticipate financial problems around the corner.
If your hours were recently cut, you were given notice that your position will be terminated in the near future, you have recently come down with a costly health problem or there is another reason why you expect to face financial difficulties, it is crucial to immediately prepare. For starters, you should try to calculate your budget, save as much as possible and have a solid understanding of how your finances will affect your ability to pay child support. You could be able to modify your child support order if you have experienced significant changes financially and this has helped many parents avoid the consequences that come with falling behind.
Child support can be complicated and stressful, especially when financial problems are part of the picture. Our child support page covers additional topics related to making child support payments.